Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. Your body uses
insulin to move glucose from the bloodstream into cells where it is
used as energy. Insulin injections are required because your body
is not producing insulin.
Why inject insulin?
Insulin is a protein. It can't be given in tablet form because
stomach acids destroy the proteins before the insulin can be
Types of insulin
There are five main types of insulin:
- Rapid-acting analogues
- Long-acting analogues
- Short-acting insulin
- Intermediate-acting insulin
- Mixed insulin
All insulin needs to be kept below 30°C out of the fridge and
ideally between 2°C and 6°C in the fridge.
Disposal of sharps
Dispose of syringes and needles in an approved sharps container,
which must be kept
out of reach of children. These containers are available from your
pharmacist or Diabetes Queensland.